Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate

Teach. Lead. Influence.

Be the ultimate influencer: Contribute to shaping an entire generation of top-tier nursing professionals.

The need for quality nurse educators has never been greater. The nation is in the midst of a staggering shortage of nurse educators, and increasing the number of nurse educators is intrinsically tied to expanding the nursing workforce. To graduate more students to bolster the number of nurses who are prepared to provide excellent care to patients, we need more nurse educators well prepared to teach them.

Great teaching can be learned. This 12-credit graduate certificate prepares nurses and health professionals for one of the most influential and essential roles: educator. It will prepare you to make a positive difference in health care outcomes, both directly and indirectly.

Courses are offered fully online, except for the culminating teaching practicum, which requires on-site participation working with an assigned preceptor. You will work closely with your preceptor, a master teacher of your choosing, to create a learning contract and truly dive into the work of teaching.

You can benefit from affordable, in-state tuition and from a prestigious Conway Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition and fees.

You will:

  • acquire essential knowledge and teaching skills, allowing you to work effectively with students, patients, or consumers in academic, clinical, or professional settings.
  • apply knowledge and skills in a practicum individually tailored to your goals and interests. 
  • prepare for future Certified Nurse Educator certification

After completing the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Develop an individual philosophy of teaching for their professional development.
  • Demonstrate nurse educator competencies in a variety of settings.
  • Create innovative opportunities for diverse learners to demonstrate competency.
  • Engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning to advance nursing education.

Get ready. Bring your passion with you.

Program Snapshot


As few as 3 – 4 semesters


Online (includes an in-person practicum)

Tuition and Fees View overview

In State Tuition: $873.00/credit
Out of State Tuition: $1,549.00/credit



Courses You'll Take

Core Courses:

  • NURS 787: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)
  • NURS 791: Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)
  • NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)


Complete one of the following:

  • NRSG 793: Teaching and Managing in Online Learning Environments (3 credits)
  • NRSG 794: Introduction to the Nurse Faculty Role (3 credits)
  • NRSG 796: Introduction to Teaching Nursing in the Clinical Setting (3 credits)

Course Descriptions:

To view course descriptions for upcoming courses, search the course catalog. 

Sample Plans of Study

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
NURS 787: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 791: Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)

Core courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. The 3-credit electives are offered in the summer semester.

*NURS 787 and NURS 791 are prerequisites for NURS 792.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your education.

Type of Aid Award
Federal Scholarships and Loan Opportunities various award amounts
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition, fees, and books
(based on in-state tuition)

Did you know? Our certificate programs are eligible for Federal Student Aid. If you are interested in learning more about how you can apply financial aid to this certificate, contact University Student Financial Assistance.

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students receiving funds through the University must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by UMB's award priority deadline.

  • FAFSA Submission period: Oct. 1 (of the previous year) through Feb. 28
  • FAFSA School code: 002104

The UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance & Education is available to guide prospective and current students through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.

Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

Admission Requirements

In This Section:


  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1 
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Sept. 1
  • summer enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1


Students applying to the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate must have completed a degree in nursing or another health profession and hold a professional license and either:

  • provide proof of current enrollment in a nursing or health sciences master’s or doctoral program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • have successfully completed a master’s or doctorate in nursing or another health profession from an accredited college or university.

Application Materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now via the Admissions Dashboard.

The Admissions Dashboard is where you will:

  • submit your online application and fee
  • submit/request any supplemental documents
  • check your application status.

You can save your progress and return to your application at a later date. We recommend that you continue to log in for regular updates.

At least one (two preferred) recommendations. Recommendations must come from a mentor, teacher, employer, fellow student, or professional colleague who can speak knowledgeably about your potential to become a teacher/educator.

Submit/request these materials via the Admissions Dashboard.

Essay. Please submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following: How will earning this certificate impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your submission.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are not required to submit UMSON transcripts; we will upload a copy of your UMSON transcript to your application.

Have each institution submit electronically to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Scholarships to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

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I chose to pursue the Teaching Certificate at UMSON because I want to make a meaningful contribution to the nursing shortage through education. This program will provide me with the knowledge and skills necessary to inspire and mentor the next generation of nurses to help meet the growing demands of health care. Brittany Corbin, BSN '14, RN, PCCN, CNE-cl